When I decided to write a second book in Nantahala, NC, I decided the first person I should tell is the star of the first book. If you haven’t read the first book, no worries, I’m not even going to call him by name.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my favorite male protagonist, the kayak guide hottie—from Land of the Noonday Sun.
Kayaker: Leaning back and narrowing those bright blue eyes below his dark brows, he asks, “So, why did you want to interview me, Carmen? You have male characters from all walks of life. Why me? Though, I think I have a sneaking suspicion why.”
Carmen: “Well, I watched you grow up. I put you through one tragedy after another, gave you obstacles and weaknesses to overcome, and I thought you turned out wonderfully, with a few exceptions.”
Kayaker: “Humph! That’s a nice way of putting it, but thank you for the friends and strength you provided along the way.” He leans forward and tilts his head. “What exceptions?”
Carmen: “I don’t want to bring up anything bad, since you’ve done so well, but you did backslide a few times. You let your emotions get away from you a bit too often. Luckily, you’re so darn cute and willing to admit when you’re wrong, that I—along with your supporting characters—forgave you.”
Kayaker: He flashes that sideways smile that earns him just about anything he wants. “I’ve been learning, and thank you for giving me a chance, especially giving me a chance at love. Cassandra changed the way I look at life. Without meeting her, who knows what I would have done. But didn’t you think I lost enough…that last barb really—”
Carmen: “Shh…I know… But we mustn’t give away anything. I just wanted you to know that I’m proud of you. And though you’re not perfect, most readers agree that you are their fav.”
Kayaker: “Wow! Even more than Jordan from She Belongs to Me? Because I’ve heard how the women swoon over him, being a cop and a construction company owner and all. Me, I’m ‘just a kayak guide’, as Cassandra was so quick to point out.”
Carmen: “Well, no one’s perfect, even Cassandra. And yes, readers agree, even more than Jordan. And guess what? There’s a reason I stopped by today. There’s a new mystery in Nantahala, and you get a chance to stop in, show off some of your skills, and you’ll never guess who gets the lead.”
Kayaker: He throws his head back and laughs. “As long as you keep Michelle away from me—and the cops—I’m good.”
Carmen: “Yes, you are, and I’m so glad I met you. But…if I have to be honest…the new guy is doing a pretty good job. I know you and he haven’t always gotten along, but per readers’ requests, I had to give him a chance.”
Kayaker: “Oh…I get it. You needn’t say anymore. I agree.”
Both When Noonday Ends and Land of the Noonday Sun are standalone novels, but I suggest reading Land of the Noonday Sun first.
You heard my kayak guide mention Jordan; he’s the star of my first romantic-suspense bestseller, She Belongs to Me. You can find all my books via the links below.
I hope you enjoyed the peek. Until next time, happy reading!